We welcome everyone into the new year with Corwin Trails' self-titled EP release. His crafty mixture of down-tempo and cut up vocals, creates obscure narratives that are embraced by tones rich in timbre.
Corwin Trails is an odd mixture of ambient down-tempo with storytelling. This self-titled EP release from Samuel Vandiver incorporates a narrative element in each track that is blanketed with rich, smooth melodic phrases. Buried underneath these surreal landscapes are cut up samples of anything from children's stories to philosophy lectures.
"Hakim Bay" is first to stand out with remarkable rhythms and percussion uniquely distorted, tampered and dismantled. Each following track is well defined in itself and produces an unique emotional impact, sometimes triumphant and other times melancholic. The playful melodies and vocals of "Icicle" create a nostalgic mood and are delivered atop tattered mischievous drones.
The sound of Corwin Trails is inventive, distinctive and sometimes unusual, subsequently he is a welcomed addition to Archaic Horizon.
May 26, 2009 Subject:
This deserves multiple listens. The tracks individually are brilliantly produced and moving, better than many more well-known artists, but they all work to reinforce themselves by repeating and bouncing riffs and motifs between themselves – an obvious example of which is the piano line in Oasis Is Myth and the central part of Hakim Bay. You really should listen to this EP as a whole, as it makes a more satisfying experience when you take it in as a single 15 minute piece. Great stuff for fans of Boards of Canada, Plaid, Orbital and anyone else who appreciates clever but heartfelt electronic music. Note that the IA seems to have the incorrect track order. Check the release page on Archaic Horizon for the right order http://www.archaichorizon.com/releases/ah003/ah003.html.
February 4, 2008 Subject:
This is really interesting. It is a little emo though. Kind of a combination of sigur ros and boards of canada.
October 28, 2007 Subject:
one of the best net-label artist, thanks for the music, I can't wait to hear more from you.